Broadcasters, entertainers, venue owners among others have been identified as among other perpetrators of copyright infringement in most African countries who continually use creative works and private copy labour of content creators without exercising copyright and other related rights.

However, entertainers have the mandate to buy rights or utilise collective management organisations in a bid to protect the rights of content creators within the creative industry.

ARIPO head of copyright and related rights Ms Maureen Fondo emphasized on the importance of collective management in exercising copyrights and its effects on remuneration of content creators.

“Collective management organisations have met to sensitise on the importance of collective administration of copyrights and related rights within African countries. People are showcasing how the creative industry contributes in the national economy and employment. Broadcasters should pay royalties for usage of creative works and private copy labour for the benefit of content creators,” she said.

Researchers have shown that in some African countries, the creative arts industry contributes three percent of the gross domestic product.

It is against this background that a workshop was held in the capital meant to make people understand the issue of copyright.

“Stakeholders in the copyright industry were met for a workshop that was meant to make everyone in Zimbabwe understand copyright. So it helps curb piracy,” said ZIMURA executive director Mrs Polisile Chimhini.

Entertainers, however, acknowledged that they have learnt how it is incriminating to use private copy labour or play music or any content from artists without copyright or buying rights.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe joins the rest of Africa in commemorating the Africa Copyright and Collective Management Day where issues of copyright and collective management are discussed.